90 Minute Lunch – Pre Production
by: Chris Marino
I’ve been working on pre producing this film that was brought to my attention about 3 months ago. My friend, Joe Mesiano had an idea for a great character driven narrative shot in his hometown, Philadelphia, PA. We deliberated if we could pull off the locational aspect of the film with all the different setups that the script called for. HDSLRs were the perfect solution to shoot this story with.
With their compact footprint it was going to be easier to move the camera to different set ups quickly. Also, the ability to have a B cam shooting from another angle and lens to give my editor more material to craft the scene. Storyboards, shot lists, overhead actor blocking and lighting diagrams, film treatments and character bio’s all lend to your arsenal. These are key steps to give you the confidence to show up at call time and know exactly where and how you’ll shoot a specific scene.
Please take a look at the videos below to see some more info on how we relied on the pre production process to solidify the vision of our short before any camera ever rolls.